Cartoonist Mark Newgarden has long contributed his cheerfully sardonic vision to a variety of high & low media and continues to delight and disturb those proverbial "kids of all ages".
Creator of the 1980's non-PC icon Garbage Pail Kids for The Topps Co; Newgarden has long championed cheap junk as the 20th century's great art form & has subsequently unleashed a torrent of warped & weird entertainments in a multitude of forms.
As a visual artist, Newgarden's work has appeared in a diverse array of venues from the pivotal avant-garde comics album Raw to the NY Times op-ed page. His work has also graced the walls (and screens) of the Smithsonian Institute, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Television and Radio and the ICA in London. In 1992 Mark was designated as one of Entertainment Weekly's annual "Faces to Watch".
Equally recognized for words as well as pictures, Mark has become increasingly active in TV, film & multimedia projects over the years. He has produced, conceived, scripted and designed programming for such entertainment megaliths as Nickelodeon & The Cartoon Network as well as interactive media for Microsoft Corp, Packard-Bell and others.
In 1999 the cartoonist completed writing and directing 4 groundbreaking episodes of "B. Happy" the first of the experimental " Web Premiere Toons" for Cartoonnetwork.com. He has subsequently established his own award-winning studio Laffpix Inc. to create more cheap junk for TV, the web, the printed page & beyond.
His recent picture history of the practical joke and novelty industry; Cheap Laffs; was published by Harry S. Abrams in Fall, 2004 and We All Die Alone; a monograph collection of his comics and stories has just been released from Fantagraphics Books. He is now hard at work on a several series of children's titles for Harcourt.
Mark Newgarden resides with children's illustrator & author Megan Montague Cash in an ex-funeral parlor in Willamsburg, Brooklyn.